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Specialist Wheelchair Therapist (Band 6)

NHS England Apprenticeships
Competitive salary
Closing date
26 May 2022

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Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Specialist Wheelchair Therapist to join our established Therapy team at Airedale General Hospital.

As an experienced Band 5 or Band 6 occupational therapist, this post will provide you with the opportunity to expand and develop your skills and gain valuable clinical experience and leadership experience in a variety of settings.

Initially you will be part of our specialist wheelchair service team developing skills and experience in the clinical assessment and provision of specialist wheelchairs, wheelchair related special seating, powered wheelchairs and pressure relieving cushions for Adults and Children with long term mobility needs.

Our friendly team consists of a Senior Occupational Therapist, Specialist Wheelchair Therapist, Assistant Practitioner and Therapy Assistant. The role is varied and interesting and gives opportunities to work across multi disciplinary teams, lots of scope for expanding your experience and competencies.

You will also be actively involved in longer term innovative audit and service development projects and be able to supervise and develop junior therapists and students as well as therapy assistants.

Main duties of the job

Principle duties and responsibilities:
  • To prioritise, plan and deliver clinical case work
  • To apply evidence based, specialist knowledge and skills
  • Provide a key role in partnership working with patients, carers, the MDT, and wider statutory, private and voluntary sector services.
  • To support team members in ensuring the effective functioning of the team
  • To actively participate in quality improvements
  • Provide support to the clinical lead and service managers deputising for them as required
  • Provide effective student training and development

Beyond the initial period of assignment in Wheelchair services there could be opportunities to work across different Therapy Teams which is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of occupational therapy, really optimising your opportunity for career development.

About us

We are always looking for enterprising and innovative approaches to the way we provide our services. We are a national centre for telemedicine and introduced telehealth to the UK offender healthcare sector and also provide the service to patients in their care homes. Community matters to us and we are supported by 400 dedicated volunteers and have strong links with Bradford University, Craven College and Leeds City College to ensure we inspire the workforce of the future.

We want to attract staff who embrace our 'Right Care' behaviours of compassion, a commitment to quality of care and working together for patients - we want to make these part of our DNA.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information and full details of the job role please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent pre-registration award in Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy
  • State registrations with the Health Care Professions Council
  • Recent post graduate courses relevant to the post with experience of working with clients with acute and longer term physical health needs
  • Completion of course in Professional Practice education


  • Successful completion of a professionally validated specialist courses
  • Post graduate qualifications in Postural Management and Mobility Services.
  • MSc modules in a relevant area of practice
  • Member of relevant Professional special interest groups/organisations



  • Comprehensive, relevant and recent experience as an occupational therapist or physiotherapist at Band 5 level
  • Recent experience of working - in acute and community settings - with a range of clinical specialities - complex physical and mental health problems
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working and working collaboratively with other professions and agencies including statutory, private and voluntary sector services
  • Experience of multidisciplinary guideline development, implementation and audit
  • Experience of clinical supervision both as supervisee and supervisor
  • Recent experience of student training


  • Experience as an occupational therapist or physiotherapist working at band 6 level
  • Experience of working in a clinical capacity in wheelchair services
  • Experience of working in neuro/rehabilitation services
  • Experience of use of a pressure mapping system.
  • Experience of taking part in or leading on Projects/ service improvements
  • Experienced in use of MS IT applications
  • Experience of taking part in or leading an audit or research project



  • Specialist knowledge and clinical reasoning skills to support expert clinical practice in Occupational or Physiotherapy
  • Knowledge of the roles of other professionals and the principles of partnership working with key stakeholders involved in patient care plan management
  • Knowledge of clinical standards and ability to implement and audit these in the team
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance, audit and research
  • Knowledge of the principles of student-centred learning and reflective practice


  • Specialist knowledge and clinical reasoning skills to support expert clinical practice in wheelchair services
  • Experience of working with other professionals and key stakeholders involved in patient care plan management



  • Ability to work well within a team
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent communication and counselling skills including observation, listening and empathy
  • Able to adjust style to suit the situation
  • Highly developed negotiation and problem-solving skills in complex situations Excellent analytical and reflective skills
  • Excellent presentation skills, both written and verbal, and ability to adjust style and content as appropriate
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to cope with working in a stressful environment, including emotional or aggressive patients and carers
  • Ability to concentrate and work intensely in a busy environment


  • Ability to inspire all staff to deliver high quality services
  • Excellent communication and counselling skills including observation, listening. Motivational interviewing and empathy
  • Ability to use all applications of Microsoft Office
  • Audit and critical appraisal skills
  • Ability to facilitate these skills in others
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for developing complex working relationships, expressing opinions constructively, seeking consensus and maintaining networks

Personal Attributes


  • High degree of self-motivation and initiative
  • High degree of integrity and reliability
  • Approachable, tactful and diplomatic
  • Resilient and confident
  • Highly flexible to meet own and service needs and be open to new ideas
  • High degree of energy and enthusiasm
  • Works independently within parameters set by codes of conduct, professional guidelines and policies
  • Conducts self professionally at all times and able to adapt approach to a range of situations.


  • Actively contributes to the improvement of services by engaging service users.
  • Actively seeks responsibility, accountability and autonomy

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust


Airedale General Hospital

Skipton Road


BD20 6TD

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